This week's Netflix review comes courtesy of Limitless, to celebrate the debut this week of the show that has been made based on the film.
Watching this film, I could see from early on that why they had decided to base a TV show off of the same premise. It is truly fascinating. It's kind of like a more believable version of Lucy, although that film gets a pass because... you know... Scarlett Johansson. Anyway, basically if for whatever reason you don't want to watch the above trailer, here is what the film is about:
"With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers."
Bradley Cooper stars as Eddie Morra (a role he will reprise in the TV show, though it is unclear how much of the show he will be in), who mysteriously receives this pill and becomes the world's smartest man. He is able to remember everything that has ever happened to him, his whole life. He is able to remember everything he has ever read, seen or heard. His life gets exponentially better, and the way in which he goes about improving his life actually motivates you without you even realising it. In a strange way, it is an action thriller, a psychological thriller and a motivational film all in one, while keeping you on the edge of your seat guessing what's going to happen next. After seeing it, I've definitely been convinced to give the TV show a go, if only to see Cooper in this role again. I have to say, it is strange how little we see of Bradley Cooper in a leading role, despite the brilliance he always brings to such films. Often he is put in an ensemble cast where he doesn't get to stand out as much as he deserves (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hangover films, American Hustle). Between this and recently seeing American Sniper for the first time, I have to say that Cooper is much better than I originally thought. Alongside Cooper are Robert DeNiro as Carl Van Loon, who Eddie gets involved with after his increased intelligence enables him to corner the stock market. It's no surprise from the amount of work that Cooper and DeNiro have done together in recent years, but they are perfect together as frenemies in this film. Their tense relationship brings an added element of suspense to the film. Honestly, I can't see how it's taken me this long to watch this film, it was a brilliant all-rounder and I strongly recommend it to any Netflixers!
I'll leave you now with the trailer for the new show! Is it sequel or reboot? You decide! And let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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